Hide God’s Word in Your Heart
I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. Psalm 119:11
This summer we have challenged our guests to memorize two verses of Scripture that tie in with our theme, “GOING THE DISTANCE.” Hebrews 12:1-2 are the two verses we have been memorizing.
The fun part of this has been that it has been people of all ages memorizing God’s Word. One lady shared with me that she has been a pastor’s wife for several decades and have read Hebrews 12:1-2. It wasn’t until she committed it to memory this summer that the verses came alive for her.
In a recent blog from Pastor Tim Challies (www.challies.com) quotes Dr. Don Whitney’s 5 reasons for memorizing God’s Word:
- Memorizing Scripture supplies spiritual power.
- Memorizing Scripture strengthens our faith.
- Memorizing Scripture prepares us for witnessing and counseling.
- Memorizing Scripture provides a means of God’s guidance.
- Memorizing Scripture stimulates meditation.
Challies says: The Word of the Word is the “sword of the Spirit,” but if there is no Bible physically accessible to you, then the weapon of the Word must be present in the armory of your mind in order for the Spirit to wield it. Imagine yourself in the midst of a decision and needing guidance, or struggling with a difficult temptation and needing victory. The Holy Spirit enters your mental arsenal and looks around for available weapons, but all he finds is a John 3:16, and Genesis 1:1 and a Great Commission. Those are great swords, but they’re not made for every battle.
My challenge to you as a Freedom Fighter: will you join me in memorizing God’s Word and hiding it in your heart? You can start with Hebrews 12:1-2 and work on it for the next couple of weeks. Or you can memorize a verse each week. At the bottom of every blog I list a verse to memorize.
Will you join me in adding verses to our spiritual arsenal? Let me know if you will join me. – Dr. Bill Welte is President/CEO of America’s Keswick
Think About This: We are not only to renounce evil, but to manifest the truth. James Hudson Taylor
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow about His promises, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:8-9